Liberals

International Reaction to Brexit? Clueless

Featured image As Brexit reverberates around the Western world, it is fun to observe the almost universal myopia of liberal commentators. This is from Sweden: “Brexit, a sign of anti-elite revolt: analysts.” So the analysts are starting to catch on. But they still have a ways to go: It was Britain’s poorer and less-educated citizens — angry at not having shared in the economic benefits of a new world order — who »

Why Are Liberals So Hateful?

Featured image I will have thoughts on the implications of Brexit later in the day, but for now want to ask a more limited question: why are liberals so hateful? The last days of the EU campaign were marred by the Remain camp–i.e., the forces of Britain’s establishment–trying to use the appalling murder of MP Jo Cox as political fodder. Against all reason, they tried to tar the Brexit campaign with the »

What Happens When Liberal Heroines Crumble?

Featured image In February 2011, Vogue magazine published a notorious puff piece on Asma al-Assad, the first lady of Syria. You can see a photo of the article here–it was titled “A Rose in the Desert”–but if you try to access it online, you get this: Down the memory hole, in other words. Vogue doesn’t want us to remember that it was shilling for Assad, now that hundreds of thousands have died. »

Murder of British MP Echoes American Politics at Its Worst

Featured image Earlier today, Jo Cox, a Labour Member of Parliament, was murdered on a street as she was conducting a “surgery” for her constituents. The facts surrounding the murder are unclear, and contradictory reports have emerged. The certain fact is that a 52 year old man named Thomas Mair shot and stabbed Ms. Cox, and was immediately apprehended. Britain is, of course, in the midst of a heated campaign over its »

Terrorist Attacks Expose Liberal Craziness

Featured image Terrorism brings out the worst in liberals. The blindingly obvious fact that jihadist Muslims are attacking us is seldom if ever acknowledged. Instead, the Left’s approach is all about distraction. This time, a gay bar was the site of the Islamic massacre. So everywhere we see signs of solidarity with the “LGBTQ community.” To cite one of hundreds of examples, my own governor, Mark Dayton of Minnesota, has directed that »

Videos and Photos of Fascist Violence in San Jose

Featured image When people refer to fascism, they generally mean “opinions I disagree with.” But the real thing, sadly, is not extinct. For the first time in our modern history, Brownshirts are on the march. As always, they are on the Left. We have written (here and elsewhere) about liberal Democrats who have rioted at or after Donald Trump rallies. Last night in San Jose, liberals attacked Trump supporters in the most »

10 Years Ago on Power Line: Have Liberals Learned Anything?

Featured image Borrowing an inspiration from Glenn Reynolds looking back at old dispatches from Instapundit, I think it might be worth revisiting some old posts on this site from time to time. Ten years ago this month Paul took note of Peter Beinart’s argument that liberals—and only liberals—could win the war on terror. He wrote a book about the idea shortly thereafter, and then after Bush and the Iraq war become more »

The Next President Must Be a White Male Republican

Featured image That is Glenn Reynolds’s modest proposal. And he is right. The supposed watchdogs of the press become toothless lap pets when the president is a Democrat, let alone a black Democrat. Those of us who believe in the Constitution can wish for only thing: a white male Republican, like Donald Trump. Only the victory of such a candidate will cause the liberal commentariat (and maybe the judiciary) to re-awaken to »

Annals of Economic Illiteracy

Featured image My first mentor in journalism right out of college, the great M. Stanton Evans, liked to point to mainstream media coverage of inflation for examples of head-smackingly superficial grasp of the issues. Most stories about inflation would say something like, “The consumer price index rose 1 percent last month, led by increases in food, gasoline, and housing,” as though it is was the price increases themselves that caused inflation, rather »

Will Liberals’ Posthumous Smears of Justice Scalia Succeed?

Featured image George Mason University’s law school was founded in 1979. Justice Antonin Scalia spoke at the dedication of the law school’s current building in 1999 and was a guest lecturer at the university. The law school developed a plan to expand its faculty and scholarship program, and in the wake of Justice Scalia’s death, an anonymous donor offered $20 million to fund those programs. The Charles Koch Foundation added a $10 »

States Protest Obama’s Crazed Transgender Order

Featured image The Departments of Education and Justice have issued a letter to every school district in America, directing all public schools to allow “transgender” students to use bathrooms and showers normally reserved for the opposite sex. The administration’s letter doesn’t have any legal force, but carries an implied threat of litigation or cutting off of federal funding to any district that fails to comply. I have scoured the Constitution, but have »

Summer of Hate

Featured image We have commented on violent anti-Trump protests, e.g., here. But anti-Trump demonstrations are pretty much a daily occurrence. As the estimable Zombie says, “The media is only interested in these protests when violence or riots erupt.” You may remember Zombie, who chronicled Communist Bay Area demonstrations a few years ago. (S)he is back, portraying the ugliness of anti-Trump protesters–ugliness that the liberal media would rather not show you. Zombie writes: »

A conspiracy so intense, cont’d

Featured image Democratic officeholders seem to be operating a conspiracy to stifle free speech and suppress heterodox thought. They’re on C.P. time, alright: Communist Party time. Glenn Reynolds named names in his USA Today column “Dear attorneys general, conspiring against free speech is a crime.” Glenn identified U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as co-conspirators. Glenn laid out the »

Liberals Having Second Thoughts?

Featured image While conservatives are looking up techniques for Hari-Kari in the moment of Trump’s triumph, curious things are happening among some liberals. Yale historian Beverly Gage (I’ve written about Gage before here, and we appeared together on the PBS News Hour back in 2013 here) has a very interesting review in the New York Times Book Review about two new books from liberal authors about the problem of liberal elitism: In »

A face in the crowd: P.J. O’Rourke edition

Featured image After posting the video of Our Lady of the Trigger expressing herself at the UMass Amherst event featuring Christina Hoff Sommers, I happened onto P.J. O’Rourke’s introduction to Give War A Chance (1992). P.J.’s apothegm may qualify for inclusion in Steve Hayward’s continuing series of blasts from the past. For my purposes, I think it explicates the video of Our Lady of the Trigger: The liberal is continually angry, as »

Yale: Beyond parody

Featured image Yale University President Peter Salovey solemnly addressed “the Yale community” by email in the early evening hours last night. He had a portentous announcement. Among other things, Yale has reached a decision on whether to retain the title “master” to refer to the teachers taking up the mantle at Yale’s residential colleges. You can feel the brain cells sloughing off as you read the deliberation that went into taking the »

Liberal Policies Destroy Small Business

Featured image In my new capacity as President of Minnesota’s think tank, I am paying close attention to the state’s economy. Historically strong and diverse, our economy has been badly weakened by decades of mostly-left-wing governance. Small business has been especially hurt, which is one reason why in 2014, families with household incomes of nearly a billion dollars on net left Minnesota for lower-tax states. An outfit called Thumbtack conducted a nationwide »